November 2018 Emergency Services Training

November 21, 2018 –Mt Airy Composite Squadron met at the Izaak Walton League of America, Mt Airy Chapter. The regularly scheduled meeting for the third Wednesday of the month focused emergency services training. Commander Smith-Velazuez conducted an interactive power point presentation on introductory communications user training (ICUT).  ICUT is one of the building blocks for emergency services training. With in this training program, members learn all the elements of radio operation and etiquette. Special terminology, phonetic alphabet and military-style number terms are used for clarity.

In addition to this training, there are on-line tests (to be conducted at home). A qualified ICUT Skill Evaluator will conduct a hands-on evaluation for those who have completed their training. Effort is being made to have an evaluator available at next month’s emergency services meeting.

Flight time sees some changes as cadets grow in grade and responsibilities. Senior Master Sergeant Marty steps to lead the flight. Technical Sergeant Madsen calls commands and is mentored by Second Lieutenant Albertson. Airman First Class McGarrah takes on guide-on duty. Deputy Commander Rolfe looks on and gives guidance over the entire operation.

October 24, 2018 – Promotion Night

2018 October 24 – Mt  Airy Composite Squadron has settled in at the Izaak Walton League of America, Mt Airy Chapter. The regularly scheduled meeting for the fourth Wednesday of October 2018 offered leadership-training, preparations for Winter National Cadet Special Activities applications and scholarships, Red Ribbon week, promotion boards and promotions.

Lieutenant Colonel John Camino joined in the evening’s activities as a guest speaker. His background as a Civil Air Patrol Reserve Assistance Program Reserve Officer (CAPRAP), Air Force Academy graduate and pilot, provided a wealth of practical knowledge for his leadership topic. The evening wrapped up with the promotion of:

  • Cadet Dylan Marty to the grade of Cadet Senior Master Sergeant
  • Cadet Micah Mulhern to the grade of Cadet Airman First Class
  • Cadet Alexander Rolfe to the grade of Cadet Airman

The squadron is proud of these determined cadets who continue to advance in grade, knowledge and ability. They exhibit the ‘Can Do’ spirit to the squadron, family members and peers.

photo credit: C/1st Lt Aurora Albertson, Cadet PAO

2018 Wings of Freedom

Collings Foundation Wings of Freedom Tour came to the Carroll County Regional Airport, Westminster, Maryland on 2018 October 12-14. Mt Airy Composite Squadron cadets and seniors joined other Maryland Wing Civil Air Patrol squadron members to assist with the air show event. Some of the duties included flight line security and parking. Cadets had an opportunity to practice their radio communications, logistic abilities, command and public relations.  History enthusiast, Cadet Technical Sergeant Dimitry Madsen, attended one day of the event in a WWII, Civil Air Patrol, re-enactment uniform. He joined foundation re-enactors who sported German, British and American attire.

The Collings Foundation is a non-profit, Educational Foundation that was founded in 1979. Their purpose is to organize and support “living history” events. The preservation, exhibition and interaction of historical artifacts enable Americans to learn more about their heritage through direct participation.The Wings of Freedom tour started in 1989 with two goals: (1) honor the sacrifices made by our veterans and (2) educate the visitors about our national history and heritage.

The experience was amazing. Visitors and volunteers were encouraged to get up close and personal with these historic aircrafts. Everyone, young and old, enjoyed the activities, sights, sounds, food and fun. Event photos taken by senior member Madsen presented the perfect opportunity to play with period postcards.

Rotary Octoberfest of Carroll County 2018

 The Rotary Club of Mount Airy Maryland – hosted the annual Octoberfest on October 6th and 7th 2018 at the Agricultural Center in Westminster Maryland. Mt Airy Composite Squadron cadets and seniors turned out to volunteer for both days of the event. They kept the traffic flowing, assisted with parking and the mobility impaired, gave directions and collect donations for the Rotary. The cadets and volunteers were amazing. This was a successful confidence building exercise that provided community service and helped the Rotary.

Maryland residents turned out to experience German food, music, dancing and crafts. The cultural experience would not have been complete without the accompanying German-like weather; overcast and drizzly. The weather did not deter public participation; the event was held indoor and was a complete success. Canadian geese were seen on the move; they too joined in the merriment.

The Rotary Club of Mt Airy Maryland sponsors many community fund-raising events, contributes to the Carroll Community Hospital, provides a $1500 scholarship for four years to a graduating Mt. Airy senior. They also fund Mount Airy local schools, Mt. Airy Net, national and international projects. Mt Airy Composite Squadron is proud to be of assistance in their endeavors.

Cadet Master Sergeant Dylan Marty, Governor Larry Hogan and Cadet Airman Micah Mulhern at Carroll County Octoberfest, 2018 Oct 07; photo by Senior Member David Mulhern.

2018 Fall Milestone Awards

September 26, 2018. Mt Airy MD.  Mt Airy Composite Squadron, Civil Air Patrol (CAP), celebrated an evening of awards and promotions at the Izaak Walton League of America, Mt Airy, Maryland.  The squadron was privileged to have guest speaker Mayor Patrick Rockinberg, City of Mt Airy, MD, and presenter Major John Strong, Maryland Wing Group 1 Commander, at the evening event. Commander Laura Smith Velazquez was the evening’s host with Lieutenant Colonel Ray Buzzard as master of ceremonies.

Mayor Rockinberg kicked off the evening with an interactive conversation on leadership. He touched on his experience with leadership in local government, working with volunteers, constituents and budgets. He applauded Mt Airy Composite Squadron’s efforts and thanked them for their commitment to service and excellence within the community and, more recently, its participation in disaster relief emergency services.

Commander Smith-Velazquez spoke on her Hurricane Florence disaster relief experience; she and Cadet Master Sergeant Dylan Marty were on Team 1 sortie, deployed to Wilmington NC.  Cadet Marty was commended for his resilience, sacrifice and commitment. Cadet Staff Sergeant Conner Snyder was also commended, in absentia; unable to attend the ceremonies due to his participation in Team 3 Sortie, Wilmington NC. Cadet 2nd Lt Albertson gained her ground team experience this summer at Hawk Mountain Ranger School. These three cadets have utilized every avenue and opportunity Civil Air Patrol has provided to pursue their emergency services interest; National Cadet Special Activities, wing and squadron level training. They form the core of the squadron’s ground team and serve as an inspiration to others.

A squadron survives on the dedication of its volunteers. Mt Airy Composite Squadron is honored to welcome the addition of senior members Nathan Rolfe and Elizabeth Linares. They bring a wealth of talent, fresh ideas and energy to the program. Cadet Airman Conner McGarrah showed his conviction for success and completed his Airman 1st Class requirements. He will promote once he completes his time in grade. Cadet 1st Lt Raegan Buzzard and Lt Col Ray Buzzard celebrated five years with Civil Air Patrol and Major John Strong finished the evening off with the presentation of two milestone awards.

  • Cadet 2nd Lieutenant Aurora Albertson, Award # 69245 – The General Billy Mitchell Award is earned after the completion of Achievement 8/Phase II Leadership of the CAP cadet program. Cadet must pass a comprehensive 100-question examination covering leadership theory and aerospace topics. To highlight the significance of this accomplishment, the award is dated and numbered; 69,245 cadets have earned this award since its inception in 1964.
  • Cadet Lieutenant Colonel Daniel Flanick, Award #3383 – The General Ira Eaker Award marks completion of Achievement 16/Phase IV Executive of the CAP Cadet Program, recognizing sustained excellence in all four areas of cadet life: leadership, aerospace, fitness, and character.  To stand in General Eaker’s shadow is to study leadership carefully and serve others. Only 3,383 Eaker Awards have been presented, since the award’s inception in 1998.

Family and friends gathered to celebrate the promotion of these dedicated members. Fellowship and refreshment completed the evening’s events.

photos by 1st Lt Mary Alvarado

2018 September Aerospace night at IWLA

12 September 2018 – Mt Airy Composite Squadron met for the second meeting of the month for its first full time meeting at a new location, the Izaak Walton League of America (IWLA), Mt Airy Chapter. Going forward, all meetings will be held on Wednesdays at the Izaak Walton League of America. Physical Training held on the first week of every month may begin at a different location but will end at the IWLA; track location will be announced on the plan of the day.

It’s that time of year again and ‘The Wings of Freedom Tour’ is coming to Carroll County Regional Airport/Jack B. Poage Field, Westminster MD. Carroll Composite Squadron is making the rounds, visiting and inviting neighboring squadrons to assist in the air show. This evening, Carroll Composite visited with Mt Airy Composite and conducted an aerospace history lesson in preparation for the event.

Senior member Lee Milliner presented Civil Air Patrol Five Pillars of Wellness and Resilience to the squadron. The Civil Air Patrol adopted the “Five-Pillars of Wellness and Resilience” to promote living in “wellness” and having good habits that allow all members resiliency during times of stress. Mr Milliner holds the position of Character Development Instructor, he teaches ethical thinking and decision making through monthly case study seminars. His job, as Character Development Instructor, can make a tremendous difference in the life of every cadet; mentoring and instructing them in CAP’s core values of integrity, respect, excellence, and volunteer service.

“The five pillars are Mind, Body, Relationships, Spirit, and Family.  They represent the focus areas that contribute to our personal level of “wellness.” This personal wellness enables us to operate at our best, sustaining us during times of stress and making us resilient to the difficulties of life.  This helps us to be successful as CAP Volunteer Airmen.”  (Maj. Gen. Mark Smith)

photos by C/1st Lt Raegan Buzzard

New Glider Camp Launched in West Virginia

Petersburg, West Virginia. Mount Airy Composite Squadron, Maryland Wing, Civil Air Patrol (CAP), C/1stLt Raegan Buzzard took advantage of a new glider minicamp offered by a little-known private asset located within the heart of the Appalachian Mountains of West Virginia. The Eastern Soaring Center (ESC) is owned and operated by pilot Brian Collins. A retired United States Air Force (USAF) Colonel, Brian Collins learned to fly and instruct in glider piloting at the USAF Academy.  He is a Certified Flight Instructor in Gliders (CFI-G), an SSA Instructor (Soaring Society of America) and a Glider Check pilot Examiner with CAP Maryland Wing.The facility offers one of the most exciting form of glider launch; winch launch, and one of the geographically highest winch launch operations on the East Coast. For the region, it is the closest year-round, weekday (and weekend) operation serving Washington D.C., Baltimore, Maryland, Northern Virginia and the surrounding mid-Atlantic region.

The ESC glider camp is a focused program designed to accommodate groups of two or three students at a time. ESC coordinates a timetable that is convenient to the students within ESC’s year-round schedule. Starting on a Thursday morning and ending Saturday (depending on weather delays), students can expect to get 15-20 flights with a pre-solo as the goal for the first camp. The cost is significantly discounted for CAP cadets. Lodging options in the area include on-airport camping, usually free to CAP members (showers and covered pavilions are available) and numerous hotel/motels are in the area. One approvedadult volunteer (or parent) is required for participants under the age of 18. This individual must accompany the participant and chaperon during non-flying periods; flight experience is not required but appreciated. For more information about ESC visit  This camp is a self-funded opportunity for anyone to secure additional glider flights above and beyond what the CAP glider program may offer.

Since the 1960s, the CAP Glider Program has been designed primarily for cadet participation. Recently, General Mark E. Smith, CAP National Commander, stated, “The Glider Program plays an important role in accomplishing Civil Air Patrol’s mission by offering a unique, effective and cost-efficient method of providing both orientation flying and pilot training. These attributes will only increase in importance as CAP is called upon to assist in resolving the national pilot shortage and increase youth interest in aviation careers.”

Gen. Smith’s comments were presented in the article, “Why Flying Gliders Makes Safer Pilots,” “Glider Soaring gets more people involved in flying and turns out pilots with outstanding stick-and-rudder skills” aswritten by Murry I. Rozansky who did a thorough job of describing the benefits of becoming a glider pilot. In short, “By learning from the past, we can get more pilots in the air, especially young people flying with outstanding stick-and-rudder skills. A glider can be soloed at age 14. The importance of starting kids flying at a younger age can’t be underestimated.” The ESC “glider camp” is not an approved CAP cadet activity. It is self-funded and provides a fantastic opportunity to get glider flights above and beyond what the Civil Air Patrol glider program may offer.

Mount Airy Composite Squadron is a composite of both senior and youth programs whose members are drawn from Carroll, Frederick, Howard and Montgomery counties. The Squadron meets Wednesday nights, 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Izaak Walton League of America, Mt Airy Chapter, IWLA 6642, Mt Airy Maryland. Have a passion for aviation, dream of flight, are considering a career in the military? Want to serve your community and enhance your leadership skills? Join us. Youths, ages 12 to 18, parents and adults interested in the cadet or senior program are always welcome to drop in. For more information, contact Commander Laura Smith-Velazquez at or view our website at

Nearly 1,500 CAP members serve in Maryland. Last year wing members flew 13 search and rescue missions. The wing was credited with four finds. Maryland Wing flew 32 missions for the State of Maryland. Members flew 2,245 hours in all mission categories. Volunteers contributed services estimated at $4.6 million. For more information, contact the Maryland Wing at www.mdcap.orgor follow the wing on Facebook at

Civil Air Patrol, the longtime all-volunteer U.S. Air Force auxiliary, is the newest member of the Air Force’s Total Force. In this role, CAP operates a fleet of 560 aircraft, performs about 90 percent of continental U.S. inland search and rescue missions as tasked by the Air Force Rescue Coordination Center and is credited by the AFRCC with saving an average of 80 lives annually. CAP’s 60,000 members also perform homeland security, disaster relief and drug interdiction missions at the request of federal, state and local agencies. In addition, CAP plays a leading role in aerospace/STEM education, and its members serve as mentors to over 25,000 young people participating in CAP’s Cadet Programs. Visit or for more information.

Photo Bylines:

  • ESC-Landing: Glider landing at Grant County Airport (W99) in Petersburg, WV
  • 20170917_CAP_Oflight: Brian Collins and Mt Airy Composite Squadron’s Cadet Raegan Buzzard, Maryland Wing, Civil Air Patrol


Squadron makes official move to Izaak Walton League of America

It’s been a year in the making, the Mt Airy Composite Squadron has officially moved to Izaak Walton League of America, Mt Airy Chapter, IWLA 6642. Having achieved a unit consensus, meeting nights have now moved to Wednesdays. The new location will foster an opportunity to grow in programs and membership. We look forward to working with the Izaak Walton League and are grateful for their support. See you all there.

  • Physical Training is observed the first week of every month; this is the only meeting that begins at a different location and will end at IWLA. A Plan Of The Day is issued by the Cadet Commander every week detailing meeting location and agenda. Casual fitness clothing (black shirt, black shorts), weather appropriate is the uniform of the day.
  • Aerospace Education is the main topic of the second week of every month. The uniform of the day is generally Class B Blues.
  • Emergency Services training and preparation provides the material for the third week of every month. The IWLA is the perfect setting for continuing this program. The uniform of the day is ABU’s (or BDU’s if that is what you have).
  • The fourth week is Promotion Night. Cadets report in their Dress Blues, Class A (or B with tie if they don’t have a coat). Parents are invited to help celebrate their accomplishments. We are privileged to enjoy a truly unique group of motivated youths who are eager to learn, lead and fly.